Congratulations Marcial Boo, UKPHR’S next Chief Executive


16 February 2021

UKPHR is delighted to announce that its new Chief Executive will be Marcial Boo, with effect from 1st March 2021.

Marcial joins UKPHR after having been Chief Executive of IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority), the regulator of MPs’ pay and business costs for the past six years. He was previously a director at the National Audit Office and Audit Commission. He takes over from David Kidney, who has been UKPHR’s Chief Executive for the past seven years.

Marcial is an effective, experienced public sector leader and regulator, who has been operating at the top of parliament and government. He is committed to regulation and the promotion of standards and will lead UKPHR through the next stages of its development. Marcial’s ability to bring about transformational change, while remaining calm under pressure and scrutiny will be invaluable.

Welcoming Marcial to the top post, UKPHR’s Chair Andrew Jones says:

“I am delighted to welcome Marcial to his new leadership role with UKPHR. This is a key moment in UKPHR’s development. As a Board, we will work with our new Chief Executive to drive forward our ambition to create the right regulatory framework to deliver a self-confident and competent public health workforce. This will be essential to help the UK’s nations continue to respond to COVID-19 and ensure that, going forward, the public’s health and wellbeing is central across all policy areas to address inequalities in health.

“In welcoming Marcial, we will be saying goodbye to David Kidney, who has served our organisation so well for over seven years. David’s skills, commitment and dedication have been invaluable, and he has been a pillar of strength during UKPHR’s past development. He has kindly agreed to stay on for a short period to support the induction of our new Chief Executive.  I wish David every joy in whatever he chooses to do next in his retirement.”

Marcial says: “Over the last year, we have seen the vital importance to the country of having a strong public health workforce. With the ongoing pressures on the NHS, and with further changes coming, I look forward to leading the UK’s Public Health Register at this time of challenge, and to working with public health stakeholders and others to ensure that the UK has an effective regulatory environment for its public health staff.”

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